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HON. MINISTER RATU INOKE KUBUABOLA AT THE 7TH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE OF THE BALI PROCESS

8/7/2018
The co-chairs of the Bali Process, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, fellow ministers, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen.

I thank you for the honor to contribute to this year’s forum. Fiji also wishes to convey its sincere condolences to families and friends who have lost loved ones at the Lombok earthquake on Sunday 5 August.

Since its inception in 2002, the Bali Process has allowed countries to contribute towards policy dialogue and develop anew regional platform for comprehensive long-term strategies to help the Asia-Pacific region to address the growing scale and complexity of people smuggling, human trafficking and related transnational crimes.

Transnational crimes continue to create significant political, economic, social and security challenges to national sovereignty. Such activities continue to infringe on basic human rights and freedom. They threaten regional and global stability.

The Bali Declaration adopted at the Sixth Ministerial Conference in March 2016 recognised that the transnational nature of irregular migration requires a comprehensive regional approach, based on principles of burden sharing and collective responsibility.

Learning from each other’s experiences and best practices strengthens our capacity to address these mounting challenges.

Our collective response should promote good governance, rule of law, respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and inclusive economic growth.

The need to manage irregular migration by land, air and sea, strengthening information sharing and further capacity building in search and rescue operations cannot be undermined.

In 2016 and 2017, Ministers recognized the need to engage the private sector to combat human trafficking, forced labour and related exploitation.

With the participation of business leaders, the Bali Process Government and Business Forum complements and supports global efforts to eradicate these crimes.

They are making efforts to ensure migrant workers in supply chains will benefit from ethical recruitment and decent work.

As we forge partnerships with civil society and other regional and international organisations in the process to address displacement and promote well-managed migration, practical cooperation and sharing of expertise will play a crucial role in implementation.

Rethinking of our approaches to regional security cooperation will allow greater synergies between national governments, regional and international bodies and the private sector to help counter the ever-changing global security environment.

The lack of infrastructure and systems to monitor transnational crimes often hinders small island states abilities to detect and take action against such activities.

The Fiji Police Force is currently investigating a possible case of modern day slavery involving a South Korean group acting under the pretence of a religious and business organisation.

The Fijian Government intends to engage further with the private sector and civil society organisations to improve the protection, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of human trafficking regardless of their nationality.

Our active engagement with the Bali Process and other regional cooperation initiatives is a testament of our shared resolve towards building a platform for enduring peace and stability in a truly resilient and secure region.

Thank you for this opportunity.
Vinaka Vakalevu and Terima kasih.
 
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